Sunday, December 22, 2013
2013 Ursids meteor shower
The shower is named the Ursids because the meteors seem to radiate from the direction of the constellation Ursa Minor in the sky.
The Ursids are associated with the comet, 8P/Tuttl
When to view
The best time to view the Ursids between midnight (0:00) and before dusk.
How to view
There isn’t a lot of skill involved in watching a meteor shower. Here are some tips on how to maximize your time looking for the Ursids:
Get out of the city to a place where city and artificial lights do not impede your viewing
If you are out viewing the shower during its peak, you will not need any special equipment. You should be able to see the shower with your naked eyes.
Carry a blanket or a comfortable chair with you - viewing meteors, just like any other kind of star gazing is a waiting game, and you need to be comfortable. Plus, you may not want to leave until you can’t see the majestic celestial fireworks anymore.
Check the weather and moonrise and moonset timings for your location before you leave, and plan your viewing around it.e, also sometimes known as Mechain-Tuttle's Comet.
Where to view
The Ursids can only be observed from locations in the Northern Hemisphere.